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Rivers: Obuah Warns Against Dumping Of Wastes Into Water Channels

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The Sole Administrator, Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix has renewed his call on people living and doing business in the State not to dispose of their wastes into gutters and other water channels, to avoid blockage of water channels which is the major cause of flooding in the State.

Bro. Obuah who stated this shortly after monitoring the popular Nta Nwogba water channel in Port Harcourt today, Monday, June 29, 2020, said the call became necessary following consistent heavy rainfalls being witnessed in the State, marking the onset of raining season.

At Ikokwu, he enjoined mechanics and those doing business there to desist from throwing wastes into the gutters.

He recalled that Rivers State is among 13 states listed by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) that will witness heavy flooding this year.

The RIWAMA Sole Administrator regretted that flooding signs have begun to manifest in some states just as predicted by the NIMET because people failed to heed the warnings issued by the Agency.

Bro. Obuah said the situation called for collaborative efforts by residents across the 23 Local Government Areas to ensure that the State is not caught up by the possible flood disaster, stressing that this would only be avoided if residents and those doing business in the State regularly clean their gutters and other water channels of wastes.

The RIWAMA boss also noted that the Agency had often warned residents and those doing business in the State to adhere to environmental rules by not throwing garbage into the gutters and other waterways, as these would impede the free flow of water.

“The flood disaster which devastated several parts of the State in 2012 is still very fresh in mind and should serve as a wake-up call for all residents and people doing business in the State to take appropriate steps to avoid a repeat”, Bro. Obuah advised.

The Sole Administrator further called on residents to see themselves as partners in the crusade for a clean and healthy Rivers State, urging them to play a pivotal role by ensuring the implementation of the government’s effort to return Port Harcourt, the State Capital and its environs to its Garden City status.

He appealed to them to make it a routine exercise to properly bag their waste and dump same at approved government receptacles only, and to also observe the RIWAMA approved dumping hours of 6 p.m. to 12 midnight.

Signed:

Jerry Needam

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Bro. Felix Obuah, Sole Administrator,
Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA).
Monday, June 29, 2020.

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Gunmen scatter scheduled COVID-19 meeting in Kogi, steal documents, destroy offices

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Unknown gunmen on Wednesday attacked staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja who were planning a press conference to pressure the Federal Government into establishing a COVID-19 screening centre in the state.

We gathered that the gunmen shot sporadically into the air to scare people away, then went to the records and admin department where they seized laptops and destroyed a few things. They ransacked the Medical Director’s office, too.

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HYPREP Commences Payment of Homage to Host Communities and Recruitment of Community Workers for Phase 1 Batch 2 Remediation Work

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The process of mobilization of Phase 1 Batch 2 contractors commenced on Thursday June 11, 2020 with the Kick-off of payment of homage to the host communities as a sign of respect and recognition to the leadership of the communities in Ogoniland. The Project Coordinator, Dr. Marvin Barinem Dekil, was represented by the Head of Communications/Community Engagement, Mr. Isa Wasa.

The payment of homage is done in collaboration with the contractors and is aimed at getting the continuous buy-in of the host communities as well as their support for the project.

The communities so far visited are; Alode, Ogale, Akpajo, Korokoro, Gbene-UE, Botem, Bodo and Mogho communities. The visit continues this week to communities hosting the 29 new Remediation sites awarded earlier this year.

The community leadership engaged in this visit comprises of:
Paramount Rulers
Council of Chiefs
Community Development Committees (CDC)
Youth Leaders
Women Leaders

Also, the Communications and Community Relations Unit has sent out letters to the leadership of the host communities and MOSOP requesting for nomination of community workers that would be engaged by the contractors. The nominations have started coming in. It is expected that the contractors under this phase will commence full mobilization to site from next week.

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